Crown tattoos are of great popularity among girls nowadays. However, what meaning do they give to such an interesting symbol and what sense does it have from the ancient times – there are two essential differences.
Crown in medieval symbolism meant an attitude to the imperial or the other dominant race. It was often painted on the arms and flags of the Knights and monarchical countries.
In general, the meaning of crown is the desire for power or to emphasize on a high position of man in society. Time passed and the symbolism of the crown was seriously transformed.
Who gets crown tattoos?
As the principal meaning of the crown tattoo is still a high social position in society and desire for power, most often such a tattoo is chosen by confident and purposeful people. Powerful men and ambitious women can get this symbol on their body parts.
But there is a tendency among girls to tattoo the crown for emphasizing their uniqueness and memorializing that every of them is a princess. In such a case, the tattoo is small, and is stylized as a cartoon or a simple picture.
Meaning of crown tattoo
Crown symbol is inherent for many cultures. In ancient times the crown was a symbol of the divine beginning. In Greek mythology, it was the laurel wreath crown of the god Apollo.
In ancient cultures crowns were the attribute of people who were thought to be of a divine nature, it was a symbol of gods.
In the Middle Ages, only monarchs had a right to tattoo a crown on the body.
In England, a tattoo with the image of a crown started to show the supporters of the king at the time. In European countries in this time the crown was often depicted with a cross. This combination meant “glory and victory.”
It presents in heraldry and attributes of countries where there was a monarchy. For example, the Spanish coat of arms depicts a lion with a crown on his head.
Crown has also a strong religious meaning if speaking about Christianity. It is inextricably associated with the crown of thorns, which was put on the head of Jesus Christ during the crucifixion.
Also, it is a significant symbol when speaking about sacred creatures. The crown here may be compared with a halo of angels, saints and gods. The Virgin Mary in Catholics is depicted with a holy halo over her head. Very often she is called the “queen of Heaven.”
The crown itself is a very strong symbol, the basic meaning of which is power, intensity and superiority. But nowadays people endue the symbol of crown with a more figurative sense. Therefore, very often this image speaks of self-control, power over emotions and ability to put up with negative traits of character.
Body parts for crown tattoo
Men and women choose different parts of their bodies for tattooing a crown. Everything depends on the size of the image and desire of its bearer to demonstrate or hide the essence of the picture showing certain traits of character.
Besides, there are some tendencies of placing the tattoo differently in girls and boys, as well as some style peculiarities.
So, men prefer to place crown tattoo on:
In comparison, women prefer such body parts as:
Girls are fond of small tattoos which would look pretty and elegant. This is why they often tattoo them on those places of their bodies, where a small tattoo would be appropriate.
Combinations with other images
Crown tattoos may be of different styles. This is represented on lots of photos of ready-made crown tattoos, as well as sketches. People trying to make their tattoo unique combine the image of a crown with various elements. They also change the meaning of the tattoo:
If the crown is above the heart, it is a symbol of good luck. In the Celtic style there is a pattern of the heart and crown enclosed in the hands. In this composition it has such meaning – hands are the true friendship, heart means pure love and crown marks the permanence.
A crown with three sharpened teeth is a symbol of the fact that Hope, Faith and Love are very significant for a person.
A crown with jewels symbolizes the search for the meaning of life.
It is often combined with Latin letterings, which has a special meaning for the owner.
In Latin culture, it is popular the crown image with the name of beloved person below it.
In the East, a turtle with a crown on its head is a symbol of longevity and power. However, the crown image is extremely rare in Eastern cultures.
Celebrities’ crown tattoos
India Westbrooks has a little crown tattoo on her left hand on the pinkie finger.